Latest posts by Obelixx

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 19:51

Glad you had a successful day Busy.   That must help a lot.

That's a kind offer Dove.   Not a pheasant in sight at the SM this pm but I have a guinea fowl.  Just need OH to come home now so I can try your recipe.

Cat - you need this thread - http://www.gardenersworld.com/forum/the-potting-shed/seed-and-plant-swap-2016/895135.html or else start a thread with an appeal for something special you may be after if it's not on there.  The purple dressing gown thing is a state of mind.  Dove started it so she can explain best.

Chicky - baking cakes is really quick and easy and so delish.  Only a faff if you get cerative with teh presentation and decorating which I never do.  Stick to chocolate ganache, butter or cream icing or just sifted icing sugar and they'll be wolfed down.

FG - nothing wrong with a domestic gardening weekend now and then.   You are so right about people going out only with mobiles.  What happens when they can't get a signal?  And why should people risk their lives and limbs to rescue them when they've been so stupid as to go out unprepared?  They should get an invoice for time and materials at least.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:33

I have a scented geranium - but not rose - whose leaves I infuse in cream to make a lovely ice cream to serve with fresh redcurrants.   Had to hack it hard back for the move but it's recovering well.   There must be some nurseries that do them online, surely.

Gardening by the Moon

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:30

If it's cloudy, it doesn't get light till after 8:30 at our new home in the Vendée.   I'd rather have lighter evenings than morning I think but as we're both now retired I don't suppose it will make much difference in the end but I do wish we could keep summer time as the default.

Pleased we have so many root days as I have bulbs and garlic to plant and some hardy cyclamen to spice up the colour range in the ones already here which are all white or pale pink and look as though they need a jolly good feed.

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:23

Thanks Joyce;  We love it and have gone off bricks completely.   There are two barns too with those lovely stones.

The one on the right has a flat floor and an old table tennis table that just needs a clean.  Possum has bagged it for entertaining her friends when they all come to visit.  There's also an oak marquetry dining table with 6 chairs that all just needs a clean and feed and some cushions for al fresco dining.   The one on the left is more lumpy and has loads of kindling to cut up and 3 old wooden bench tables.

HELLO FORKERS! October Edition

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:17

I have been on an expedition and have found a proper garden centre - VillaVerde at Olonnes-sur-mer and there are branches elsewhere if anyone's interested.

Proper plants, proper pots and loads of other goodies.  I may not have a purple dressing gown (2 lilac towelling robes for guests count?) but I do now have purple berries on the grounds that a callicarpa should cope here.  Mine in Belgium curled up in winter.   Also bought a pink and green variegated Japanese maple, some ericaceous compost for my azaleas and a camellia, some pansies for my new pots and some hardy cyclamen in deeper pinks and reds to add to the mix popping up in the grass between the gate and the house.  None of the bulbs I was hunting but I did get some saffron and spring crocuses.

They even had some clematis but I resisted on the grounds that there may be more choice in spring (only a dozen at the mo) and I may have a bed for them by then.

Thence to the huge Leclerc where I treated myself to one each of red and white Oz cos I don't know which of OH's French lot are specials or quaffers and they have corks!!!

Camera Talk

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 18:06

I did post those cows before but on another thread I thought.  The ruin is indeed ours and has to stay in case we, or someone else want to develop it in the future.   If we knock it down it will no longer be possible as we are a "zone agricole".    We've told Possum it can be a project for her and we'll just make sure the window spaces are covered to stop water getting in when the rain comes.   Course, if we win the lottery...............

Today I went garden centre hunting and stopped on the way to take a photo of the coast at les Sables d'Olonne.  If the weather doesn't change they're going to have to push the  boats out of the harbour entrance which is at the end of the far point and it will be a very slow start.

Anyone done any gardening today - version 3

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 13:01

Watered all my pots with the sprinkler attachment and planted the second lot of pansies in pots.

Now the chimney sweep has been and the dogs have been walked I'm off on a hunt for ordinary pots for potting on, bigger pots for planting bulbs and more bulbs and pansies and compost and see what else is out there.  Not a lot to the immediate south or north so I'm heading west today.

Autumn foliage photos (2016)

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 12:57

Walkies with the dogs today - most is still green tho leaves are falling cos of a long drought.

Labrador rescues

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 12:52

He's looking much fitter and very settled.    Our Lab comes when called - eventually sometimes if he's on a scent but usually good - but he can't do heel very well and often either pulls like a train or pushes his nose up the backs of our knees.   Uncomfortable either way. 

Here they are today, just visible in the leafy, unpaved lanes between fields 

Grow for Great Britain

Posted: 28/10/2016 at 10:57

Dove - I often get asked that by Belgians and now the local French as well as what's the difference between GB and United Kindoms and why am I not "English".  OH is, born and bred but I'm a mix of all except Welsh with some Danish thrown in for good measure and was born in what was then Tanganyika Territory.  

Always thought Team GB was a misnomer.

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